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Handshake: challenge met for Macron

(Credit: Elysee)

(B2) For Emmanuel Macron this Thursday was an important moment. With his first participation in a NATO meeting – which he insisted on describing as a “mini-summit” – he entered the club of world leaders. He succeeded where even Angela Merkel was put in difficulty: surviving with dignity the handshake with Donald Trump during the traditional photo seated in armchairs, facing the press.

No crushed hand for Macron… 

We all remember the reaction of the Japanese Shinzo Abe, after 19 seconds of his vigorous meeting with Donald Trump. Since then, Donald Trump has had a reputation for “crushing hands”… Has the American president found an opponent to beat him at his own game?

Enthusiasm of American journalists

The serious journalist The Guardian charged described the confrontation in detail: “They shook hands for a long time. Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turned white, their jaws clenched and their faces tensed..




(Leonor Hubaut)

Leonor Hubaut

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